Haynes and Boone LLP recently announced the addition to the firm of the partners and associates of Mavrakakis Law Group LLP (MLG), which operates offices in Palo Alto, California and Chicago.
All MLG personnel will be joining Haynes and Boone; this will mean an expansion of the company's Silicon Valley office as well as the opening of an office in Chicago.
Relocating to Haynes and Boone are Palo Alto MLG partners Tom Mavrakakis and Brian Kwok and Chicago partners Jim Shimota and Howard Levin.
Mavrakakis is the former director of patent strategy at Apple Inc.
"We are excited about our prospects to integrate and leverage the firm's IP expertise and client base by taking advantage of the MLG market position in Silicon Valley with key clients," Haynes and Boone managing partner Tim Powers said.
Mavrakakis described the advantages the addition will provide the firm.
"Our clients value our patent litigation and licensing experience and respect our technical prowess; Haynes and Boone's deep bench of patent trial lawyers gives our clients an additional dimension that amplifies our capabilities," Mavrakakis said.
Shimota will serve as the new Chicago office administrative partner.
"We are ecstatic to be joining Haynes and Boone," Shimota said.
The MLG Chicago office will be rebranded as Haynes and Boone's first Midwest location; the MLG and Haynes and Boone Palo Alto offices will be combined.